pull rank (on someone)

pull rank (on someone)
pull rank (on someone) phrase
to use the fact that you are more important or powerful than someone in order to force them to do what you want
Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do somethingsynonym
Main entry: pull

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • pull rank — see under ↑rank1 • • • Main Entry: ↑pull pull rank To use one s rank to exert authority, get one s own way • • • Main Entry: ↑rank * * * I see rank I II …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull rank — to use the power of your job or position to make someone do what you want. Some of the seniors in our school pull rank on the younger kids and force them to run errands for them …   New idioms dictionary

  • pull rank — vp To force someone to do something because you have the authority to do so. I didn t want to go but the boss pulled rank on me and made me. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • pull — pull1 [ pul ] verb *** ▸ 1 move someone/something toward you ▸ 2 remove something attached ▸ 3 move body with force ▸ 4 injure muscle ▸ 5 take gun/knife out ▸ 6 move window cover ▸ 7 make someone want to do something ▸ 8 get votes ▸ 9 suck smoke… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pull — I UK [pʊl] / US verb Word forms pull : present tense I/you/we/they pull he/she/it pulls present participle pulling past tense pulled past participle pulled *** 1) [intransitive/transitive] to move someone or something towards you using your hands …   English dictionary

  • rank — rank1 [ ræŋk ] noun ** 1. ) count or uncount someone s official position in the military, police force, fire department, etc.: Her rank when she retired was captain. rank of: He joined in 1998, and quickly rose to the rank of detective.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rank — Ⅰ. rank [1] ► NOUN 1) a position within a fixed hierarchy, especially that of the armed forces. 2) high social standing. 3) a single line of soldiers or police officers drawn up abreast. 4) (the ranks) (in the armed forces) those who are not… …   English terms dictionary

  • pull — 1 /pUl/ verb 1 MOVE STH TOWARDS YOU (I, T) to use your hands to make something move towards you or in the direction that you are moving: Help me move the piano; you push and I ll pull. | pull sth: I pulled the handle and it just snapped off! |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rank — rank1 W3 [ræŋk] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(position in army/organization)¦ 2 the ranks 3 break ranks 4¦(line)¦ 5 pull rank (on somebody) 6¦(quality)¦ 7¦(social class)¦ 8¦(taxi)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pull — [[t]p ʊl[/t]] ♦♦ pulls, pulling, pulled 1) VERB When you pull something, you hold it firmly and use force in order to move it towards you or away from its previous position. [V n with adv] They have pulled out patients teeth unnecessarily... [V n …   English dictionary

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